The Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM are meant to get students engaged in messy problems that they care about. One of the ways we do this is through district-wide competitions and virtual pitch competitions. Learn more about each of these types of events below. If you are interested in getting a district-wide competition started in your area, reach out to us at!

District-Wide Competitions

Wake County Competition

We had a fabulous time at this year’s annual WCPSS competition. Interested in sending students to the competition? Stay tuned for the link to register here next year! We are asking all teachers to register their teams by February 15th. If you are completing your challenge after this date then please put “to be determined” in the space that asks for student names.

Click here to see the flier from the first competition.

Click here to see a road map for the competition from the first year.

And the winners are....

Year1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceFinalists
2024 HSGeoRoute
Wake STEM Early College
North Wake Career and College Academy
Athens Drive Magnet High School
Cube Corps
Wake STEM Early College

Athens Drive Magnet High School
2024 MSPowerUp
Reedy Creek Middle School
Apex Friendship Middle School
Apex Friendship Middle School
Viral Vision
Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy
This table shows the winners from our annual WCPSS district-wide competition. The competition is divided into two subsets: high school (HS) and middle school (MS).

Virtual Pitch Competitions

While we enjoy working with students in person, we love to interact with students from across the globe. As such, we occasionally offer virtual pitch competitions, which bring the thrill of the Design & Pitch Challenges to any computer in the world. Check back often to see when our next virtual pitch competition is scheduled, or email us at to set one up!